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“Is Rick Perry Dumb?”

That’s the headline in Politico today. Given that Perry is a conservative, the alternative is that he is evil. For now, at least, the Left is testing the waters on “dumb.”

Actually, if you read the article, it is obvious that Perry is a very focused, effective guy. On balance, it is a positive piece. Still, headlines about GOP candidates tend to be along the lines of “Is Rick Perry Dumb?” “Is Michele Bachmann Crazy?” etc. Penny Nance of Concerned Women For America comments:

Is Ronald Reagan electable? Is George Bush a wimp? Is Michelle Bachmann crazy? Is Rick Perry dumb? It’s bad enough to raise these questions but the pathetic mainstream media only asks them about conservatives. Today’s Politico story about Rick Perry is just the latest example. Where was the 2007 Politico lead story raising questions about whether or not Barack Obama was all style, no substance and just might be in over his head? That might have saved us from a presidency that is defined as a miserable failure with every passing day. Where was the 1991 Newsweek cover asking “Does Bill Clinton have a problem with the truth?” Such a story could have certainly spared this nation in ways too many to count, and there was plenty of evidence of such a problem while he was running. Perhaps the American people should be asking: “Does an unbiased mainstream media really exist, or is it just an extension of the Democratic National Committee?”

Mostly the latter, I would say.

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